Shyamalan's 'Glass' is Engaging Almost Until the End

I don’t think anyone will deny that M. Night Shyamalan is a great storyteller. He initially proved that with the release of The Sixth Sense. The symbolism of the color red, the odd scenes that made very little sense until the end of the movie and of course, the amazing twist that nobody saw coming. That incredible twist has almost been the director’s undoing. Since 1999, not one of his other movie’s endings have had the same impact, but he continues to try.

In 2000, Mr. Shyamalan hoped that lightening would strike twice with Unbreakable which also starred Bruce Willis. Like The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable was a mystery only this time, the story featured the lone survivor of a train crash who left the accident without a scratch on him and an incredibly fragile, wheelchair-bound, comic book enthusiast which appeared to be the polar opposite. The story was intriguing, but basically fell apart near the end when the twist was revealed. Now almost 19 years later, the same thing ha…

Second Season of New Mickey Shorts to Air Next Week

The "New" Mickey and friends show up for a second season on the Disney Channel. (Disney)
While Disney purists are still having trouble making peace with Mickey’s new look in the all-new Mickey Mouse shorts that appear regularly on the Disney Channel, the cartoons are hit with just about everyone else. Since their debut on June 2013, the series has reached over 100 million viewers in America and is shown in 160 countries and dubbed in 33 different languages!
Season two of the multiple Emmy and Annie Award-winning comedy will debut on Friday, April 11 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on the Disney Channel and will be available on watch on Disney.com and iTunes the day after their linear premiere.

Like the first season, season two view feature Mickey and the gang in a variety locales around the globe including Spain, Holland, India and even outer space. In the San Francisco-set season opener, Cable Car Chaos, Mickey and Minnie must stop a runaway cable car as it careens through the city's famous streets. Other new episodes include Fire Escape, where Mickey attempts to rescue Minnie from her burning apartment building, Eau de Minnie, in which Minnie's new perfume enchants an entire city and The Boiler Room, where Mickey must face a monster living in the basement of Minnie's apartment.

So, who is responsible for these adventures? Paul Rudish (Star Wars: Clone Wars, Dexter's Laboratory) is the executive producer and director. Aaron Springer (SpongeBob SquarePants, Gravity Falls) and Clay Morrow (Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls) are directors, and Emmy Award-winner Joseph Holt (Sym-Bionic Titan) is the art director. The series is produced under the supervision of senior vice presidents Eric Coleman and Lisa Salamone at Disney Television Animation.

The end result is a mashup of the early Mickey cartoons and the more modern fare found on the Cartoon Network. Mickey is shown as less, “Hi-ya pal!” and the more rambunctious attitude of yesteryear. Although geared for kids ages 6-14, the shorts appeal to all ages. Some more successfully than others. Personally, I like the “new” Mickey and friends, but I prefer the old Goofy. What do you think? 

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